When ever I think about Stevie Wonder or Ray Charles, I wonder about that. Both are blind but one was born that way and the other was not. Stevie was born blind and Ray was born with sight but lost it later in his childhood. So, what do you think would be worse? To never get to see or to know what it's like to see but then have it taken from you?
Most Helpful Guy
I am almost completely blind myself and in the process of becoming blind.
In my opinion, losing your sight later in life is worse. Of course you could say that at least I can be happy for the things I was able to see and that is certainly the case (I'm very happy about that) - but because I know what I'm losing, the loss feels much worse. If you're just born blind you have no idea what seeing even feels like. Obviously you know that other people have this extra sense called "seeing" but what that actually feels like is almost impossible to truly understand for people who were born blind. Light reflecting from the retina... eh... that doesn't make any sense. It would be like me telling you that everyone except you has an extra 6th sense called "chinning". While that might surprise you and perhaps raise your interest, it probably wouldn't make you too sad or envious. You've been happy with your life so far and you managed to get around quite well. Of course the comparison doesn't quite work because blind people still experience a lot of obstacles but generally speaking, I don't think blind people who have been blind since birth actually miss anything. You can't miss something that you've never known.
For me on the other hand, I know what I'm losing. I've mostly grown up as a sighted person. All my best friends are people with good eyes. I've attended normal, public schools. I basically live the life of a sighted person except that I'm disabled and experience a number of problems because of that in my every-day life. For the very reason that I have a tiny bit of vision left, I cherish this vision very, very, very much. I take great care of my eyes so that it would hold as long as possible. Unfortunately, no doctor can exactly tell me when I will become blind because my condition is very rare and thus not so well researched. It could happen in a few months, it could happen in 3 years, it could happen in 10 or 15 years. All I know is that I was born (I was already visually disabled then), my vision has continually decreased. And all my doctors can tell me is that one day, I will have no vision left (probably before I'm 45-50).
It's hard to explain to you the pressure this has put on me already since I was a little child. I don't mean to be whiny but there were some very tough times. For example when I was only 11, a chief ophthalmologist at the hospital I have to regularly visit told me for the first time that one day I will be blind with 100%3
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Most Helpful Girl
it feels wrong to me to compare and pick worst of two peoples situations i know nothing about. losing a sense has the trauma factor to it. being born blind, its your normal but that doesn't mean you dont face challenges in life due to the blindness or dont have dreams to see. i'd rather just hear people out who have had either in their lives.0